Popularity of different broadband services revealed for Q2 2018
By analysing the tests during the three month period of April, May and June 2018 we are able to share what is our understanding of how popular different services are with the various broadband providers.
The product detection is automated and is based on techniques that are part of our speed test and since the speed test is crowd sourced there are obviously going to be differences to reality, but broadband providers are increasingly revealing less in their financial results about how popular different services are.
One change since our last release in April 2018 is that the up to naming conventions have been dropped, so as with our other speed test result tables we include information about the underlying wholesale service e.g. 40/10 or 80/20.
|Provider||Package||Popularity within Provider||Change since last quarter|
|BT Consumer||Superfast 1 VDSL2/FTTC 55/10||40.3%||-0.5|
|BT Consumer||Superfast 2 VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||24.2%||+0.9|
|BT Consumer||Superfast 1 FTTP 55/10||1.8%||+0.1|
|BT Consumer||Superfast 2 FTTP 80/20||1.6%||+0.2|
|BT Consumer||Ultrafast 1, 2 FTTP 160 and 330||1.1%||+0.2|
|BT Consumer||Ultrafast 1 and 2 152 G.fast 152 and 314||n/a||n/a|
|EE||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 40/10||43.9%||+0.1|
|EE||Fibre Plus VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||12.5%||+1.7|
|KCom||Lightstream FTTP/full fibre||72.5%||+6.0|
|PlusNet||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 40/10||40.9%||+1.0|
|Plusnet||Fibre Extra VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||18%||+0.5|
|PlusNet||Fibre FTTP/full fibre||0.8%||=|
|Post Office||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 40/10||16.9%||-0.8|
|Post Office||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||2.9%||+0.2|
|Sky||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 40/10||47.3%||+1.8|
|Sky||Fibre Pro VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||6.7%||+0.5|
|Sky||Fibre FTTP/full fibre||0.4%||+0.1|
|TalkTalk||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 40/10||43.8%||+1.2|
|TalkTalk||Fibre VDSL2/FTTC 80/20||9.8%||+0.8|
|TalkTalk||Fibre FTTP/full fibre||0.5%||+0.1|
|Virgin Media||50 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||20.5%||n/a|
|Virgin Media||70 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||21.4%||n/a|
|Virgin Media||VIVID 100 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||32.1%||n/a|
|Virgin Media||VIVID 150 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||17.9%||n/a|
|Virgin Media||VIVID 200 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||7.7%||n/a|
|Virgin Media||VIVID 350 Mbps Fibre/Cable/DOCSIS||0.5%||n/a|
|Vodafone||Superfast 1 FTTC/VDSL2 40/10||62.2%||+1.8|
|Vodafone||Superfast 2 FTTC/VDSL2 80/20||27.2%||-0.9|
|Zen Internet||Fibre FTTC/VDSL2 40/10||28.1%||+2.2|
|Zen Internet||Fibre FTTC/VDSL2 80/20||37.1%||-4.3|
|Zen Internet||Fibre FTTP/full fibre||6%||+2|
G.fast is still blank as while we are seeing people speed testing the numbers are still too small to call out as a proportion. The n/a for the change on the Virgin Media products is because a change in the last quarter was to add detection for the 70 and 150 Mbps speed points.
The trend for ADSL/ADSL2+ becoming less popular is an important one, since one hopes that in time providers may move away from offering ADSL/ADSL2+ services at all and then serious discussions can take place about retiring the product and recovering some of the radio spectrum to do things like remove the power masks that limit the crosstalk from VDSL2 to the ADSL/ADSL2+ services in areas where everyone has a cabinet based VDSL2 option.